Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 57-52 win over Mississippi State


Some observations following UF’s 57-52 win at Mississippi State on Saturday.

— Florida junior forward Devin Robinson didn’t score against Mississippi State, going 0 of 6 from the field. But credit the 6-foot-8 Robinson for impacting the game with 10 rebounds, two blocked shots and one steal. It’s a sign of Robinson’s continued maturity that he didn’t mope and still played hard with shots not falling for him.

— Florida had made such strides in ball movement, but a 5 to 16 assist-to-turnover against Mississippi State was ugly and nearly cost the Gators the game. For as well as Chris Chiozza played offensively, he had a too-cute pass that center Kevarrius Hayes wasn’t expecting, which resulted in a turnover and a runout Mississippi State basket. Point guard Kasey Hill had six turnovers and has turned it over 15 times in his last three games. It’s rare to see the Gators get outscored in points off turnovers, but Mississippi State did to a 17-9 clip.

— I was surprised to see Florida not sprinkle in more zone and protect Hayes from foul trouble. But UF’s switching man defense was effective all afternoon. Hayes and Florida senior forward Justin Leon played with much-needed physicality under the basket, limiting Mississippi State from getting too many easy inside baskets.